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Update 13th February 2019
The sleet streams,
The snow flies;
The fawn dreams
With wide brown eyes.
William Rose Benét (1886–1950)
Readings for Sunday 17th February, Epiphany 6
First Reading: Jeremiah 17.5-10   Psalm 1
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15.12-20  Gospel: Luke 6.17-26
Fr. Bill’s sermon from last Sunday, can be seen again on the church’s website, or you can just click on: https://youtu.be/zwocIMRAJr4
Please remember in your prayers this week:
Cyndi and Wally; Cathy and Brian; Bishop John and Catherine; Mary; Margaret; Pat and Sean; Dorothy; Suzette and Yvonne; Tim, Paul, and Judy; Lila and Keith; Doris; Shirley and Dick; Brenda and Paul; Mike; Margery; Joe; Norma; Jake and Shirley; Laurel; Ruth; Julia and John; Don; Maggie; Jack, Sharon and Sue; Jean; Ashley; Lorraine; Babu; Shirley; Trish and Ben, Gail, Linda, Lee, Stephen, Bob, Kelly, Aldo, Mike, Michael, Robin, George, Elizabeth, David, Nancy, Debbie, Michelle, and those known to each of you alone.
Prayers for the attendees and those offering the ministry of liturgy in care facilities.
Rest in Peace ;  Susan Thayer and  Joanne White.  May the souls of the dearly departed Susan and Joanne find rest eternal, and rise in glory. We ask for prayers of comfort and peace for the families as they remember and mourn.
St. Alban’s, our Partner in Regional Ministry, and Fr. Matt, who have decided  that the time has come to apply to the diocese for disestablishment.  We must pray that we can be helpful in assisting them in this significant transition, and in our future ministry together.
Mark Your Calendar  WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, on Friday March 1st at 2:00 pm in Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Rd E.  “Come, Everything is Ready” an Ecumenical Service featuring the country of Slovenia.
If you feel that yourself, or someone you know, would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Fr. Bill Ward or Rosalie), at 519-660-8198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
Cycle of Prayer for February
“To proclaim the good news of the kingdom” is to share the news that Christ God is reconciling the world to himself in words.
Lord Jesus Christ, let your presence fill our hearts and overflow in our actions, that we may proclaim the good news of your kingdom. Let your glory fill this place.
Let your glory fill this world!
We honour ministries in support of EVANGELISM, the First Mark of Mission:
Liturgical Ministries: Priests, Licensed Lay Readers, Intercessor, Readers, Lay administrators, Chancel Guild, Regional Partnership with St Albans the Martyr,
Worship Services: at Kensington, Mt Hope, Parkwood, and Chartwell (LTC)
Outreach Project for February:
“London Inter-community Health Centre”,  providing inclusive and equitable health and social services to those who experience barriers to care, and fostering the active participation of individuals and the communities served.  Daily programmes such as arts and crafts, nutrition classes, the book club, Indigenous sharing circles, harm reduction sessions and personal growth workshops, are offered to clients and community members to improve their health and wellness.  The needs are: toilet paper, canned goods, family size and personal toiletries.
St. John’s dinner.  Volunteers are needed to help serve the St. John the Evangelist hospitality dinner on Saturday March 2nd  and Saturday March 16th . Volunteers meet at St. John’s at 3:30 pm and should be finished at around 7 pm. Join us afterwards for dinner at Swiss Chalet. Please contact Glenda Hayward - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 519-951-8154 to volunteer or with questions.
27th Annual St. Jude's Coffee House, last Saturday, raised $2,169.70!!  Huge thanks to Chris Chalmers, Pater and Sandra King, and all who helped set up, clean up, serve, and, of course, sing!!  We are always especially grateful for the generosity of Rick McGhie, who has given us his time for this event since the beginning.  Well done, all of you!!
Tax receipts.  A reminder that your tax receipts for 2018 have been posted in your mailbox.
Festival Choir!!  Festival Choir rehearsals have started, and continue each Thursday at 7:30. We shall be preparing a full cantata for Holy Week. Please come and join us!
Pies!!  The ACW piemakers have been at it again, and will be selling meat pies this Sunday, at $5.00 each, and apple pies at $10.00 each, between the services, and after the 10.00 am service. Just a few left.
Child support.  We are still looking for volunteers to help us deliver a programme for our younger members on Sundays during the 10.00 am service.  At this point we have a number of pre-planned lessons available but the lessons are of no value if we have no one committed to their presentation.  If you want more information about this ministry please speak to Charlotte or one of the other wardens after the Sunday Service, or contact the office and we will get in touch with you.
Three panelists, discussion and refreshments.
February 27th,   7.00 p.m. to 8:30, at St. John the Evangelist, 280 St. James Street
Sponsored by St. John’s Outreach Committee
Please come to make yourselves aware of the needs in this city, and of how we can all communicate these needs to others. We hope to find ways to respond to these needs as well.
The Panel:
Liesel White (former Manager, City of London Social Services) : “45 Years of Supporting London’s Poor.”
Dr. Don Kerr (Professor of Sociology, King’s University College): “Why London’s record low unemployment rate is so misleading.”
Dr. Sharon Koivu (Specialist in Palliative Care and Substance Abuse): “Breaking the Silence: Poverty as a social determinant of health in London.
Growing a Rule of Life
A six-week Lenten series will be offered beginning on Wednesday March 6th, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.  The first session will be held at St. Alban’s and then alternate back and forth with St. Jude’s.  A schedule of meeting locations will be handed out at the first session.  The theme for this year’s series offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist is “Growing a Rule of Life” which will draw from monastic spirituality to help us cultivate our relationship with God, Self, Others, and Creation.  Ultimately each participant will create a unique Rule of Life to guide and sustain their Christian Life.  If you are interested in participating in this Lenten opportunity to gather with others to share and grow in faith please add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet located in the narthex.  Your email address is required to register you to receive the daily video reflections offered by the brothers from SSJE.
Cross stitch. Cherie Drury has found some cross stitch kits, and since she does not do this wonders if anyone would like to have them.  Let the office know if you are interested and we shall contact her.
Question of the day:  Did you ever wonder why the Miss Universe contest is always won by someone from Earth??